Kate Daniels Book 1
By: Iona Andrews
Narrated by: Renee Raudman
Length: 9H and 6M
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.Kate Daniels is a down‐on‐her‐luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.
The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings - and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league - but she wouldn't have it any other way.
Great beginning to a promising Urban Fantasy series, I didn't have any problems at all with the narration, I found it very entertaining and I thought she did a great job with the different characters, for some reason there are a lot negative reviews about the narrator, that wasn't the case for me at all.
By Laura (New York, NY, United States) Apr 6, 2009
This is your basic urban fantasy with a tough, kick‐ass heroine and better than average world‐building. Recommended for fans of the series by Kim Harrison and Patricia Briggs, though this not quite as distinctive as either of those two.
I'd give it four stars if the reader were more appropriate. For the first‐person narration of a wise‐cracking, seen‐it‐all Southern woman, they have picked a very earnest reader with a Great‐Lakes accent. She makes Kate Daniels sound more naive and uncertain that the character is clearly meant to be by the author.
By George (chesapeake, ME, USA) Feb 15, 2009
I loved this book! The narrator is extremely adept at voices which makes it very enjoyable. The story itself draws you in, I just couldn't stop listening. What I liked best about it though was the mixture of magic/sci‐fi with mystery. Also, the main character Kate reminds me of Stephanie Plum - a kick ass and take names version but one still stuck with all her inherent problems, tough love life and a strange ability to find herself in bad situations.
By Michelle (Glendale, AZ, USA) May 11, 2009
It's rare that I come across a narrator that bogs a story down so much that I just can't get into the book. But this is one of them. I have tried listening to it at least 4 times and had to stop because my mind wandered away or I just flat out feel asleep! I've listened to the majority of the first half but that took several weeks and I kept having to back up and figure out where I lost the story line. I think if I could have sped up the pace it might have worked but since that is not an option on either my computer or my current mp3 player it was a total drag! I've listened to at least 5 other books before trying this one more time. At this point I'm not sure I'll ever finish this. As one other person pointed out the voice does not match the main character at all. Sorry the story may be good but I think I'd rather read it myself than listen to this narrator any more.